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Introducing the Monthly TBEX Travel Blogging Challenge

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We’re starting a new TBEX project and inviting YOU – the TBEX community – to participate.

It’s a monthly themed travel blogging challenge. Some months it’ll be a specific writing challenge, pushing you to improve your skills, other months it will be a chance to showcase some of your best work from your archives, and still other months we want it to be an opportunity to kick back for a good laugh. We hope it will be an opportunity to work on your craft (whether that’s written, visual, or auditory), as well as a chance to get to know fellow community members. And hey – community members working in the travel industry – you are invited to participate, too.

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To kick things off this month, we’re just asking you to share one of your favorite posts. No particular challenge or theme to start off, but check out below to discover our theme for December.

To participate, just click on the “add your link” button at the bottom of the post, follow the easy steps, and voila, you’ll be part of of this month’s TBEX Travel Blogging Challenge. And here’s a tip, on the screen that asks for Name, put in the name (title) of your blog post rather than your blog’s name or your own name, as that will entice readers to click through to learn more.

Because we have to be responsible in sharing content, there are a just few guidelines to keep things on the up and up.

  • Show us your best stuff. Sure, you might be learning and just starting to work on your craft, and there’s no need to worry about that. Make sure your contribution represents the best you can do today and it’s all good. This is also a chance to learn and grow, no one is going to make fun of your progress.
  • Only one link per per blog.
  • Links are moderated to keep off-topic and spam posts out. Please be patient, we’ll get yours approved as quickly as possible. And, of course, check back to see links from new participants.
  • Remember the good old days when blogging was about sharing and being a good community member? This is a chance to bring back some of those values by sharing the TBEX community love with everyone participating in the TBEX travel blogging challenge. We hope you’ll click through and read these posts, comment, and share with your own communities via social media. It’s just a nice thing to do.
  • The theme for November 2013 is simple – merely sharing one of your favorite travel posts.

Blogging Theme for December 2013

Our December travel blogging challenge will be published on December 5th. The December 2013 theme is Holidays and Festivals. We know travel is intricately entwined with celebrations, so it should be easy to write a post (or find something in your archives) that fits the theme. Stretch yourself, try something new, show us what you all can do.

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Lisa Boice
Lisa Boice
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November 5, 2013 1:39 pm

Here’s my favorite travel post. It’s about when the most joyful and saddest moments collided while I was traveling. Title: “It’s About Travel, Saying ‘I love you,’ and Death. http://babyaspirinyears.com/2012/08/16/its-about-travel-saying-i-love-you-and-death/

Lisa Boice
Lisa Boice
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November 5, 2013 1:45 pm

This is my favorite post from my birding blog in which I really sucked at Ecuador: http://theaccidentalbirder.com/2013/08/11/pressures-of-ecuador/

Lisa Boice
Lisa Boice
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November 5, 2013 1:46 pm

Shoot. I see I did this all wrong. You can remove my comments. Sorry about that. I’ll do the “link” thing.

Cassey
Cassey
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November 5, 2013 6:32 pm

Bridge Over the River Kwai, Thailand. Loved the trip, met new friends, enjoyed the day! http://thecasseyexcursion.com/2013/10/27/bridge-river-kwai-speak-rules-war-game-cricket/

Jessica
Jessica
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Reply to  Cassey
November 13, 2013 8:05 am

Thanks for the link, Cassey! Did you add it via the button above, too? Underneath all the thumbnails, you’ll see a blue button that says “Add Your Link” – that’s how to add posts to this round-up. We can’t do it from the comments. 🙂

Cassey
Cassey
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Reply to  Jessica
November 27, 2013 12:44 pm

Okay, I didn’t realize that, I’ll make sure to do it next month! Thanks.

Outside The Den
Outside The Den
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November 6, 2013 5:18 am

Thank you so much for doing this! I’ve discovered so many new blogs already and can’t wait to read more!

Mitch Camter
Mitch Camter
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November 6, 2013 1:13 pm

My best travel recently was, actually, a trip back home for my grandfather’s funeral. I took a lot of photos and it gave me a chance to relive some childhood memories.

http://www.mitchcanter.me/travel/old-kentucky-homestead/

Jessica
Jessica
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Reply to  Mitch Camter
November 13, 2013 8:05 am

Thanks for the link, Mitch! So glad you joined in the challenge. 🙂 Did you add it via the button above, too? Underneath all the thumbnails, you’ll see a blue button that says “Add Your Link” – that’s how to add posts to this round-up. We can’t do it from the comments. 🙂

Kerry
Kerry
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November 6, 2013 1:17 pm

This is a great idea!

Alena Hadley
Alena Hadley
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Reply to  Kerry
November 7, 2013 8:23 am

Miss Kerry – Which one is yours? I MUST read it 🙂

Kerry
Kerry
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Reply to  Alena Hadley
November 8, 2013 1:34 am

HI YOU! It’s not up yet on the board…possibly rejected for reasons of quality control 😉

Mary Jo Manzanares
Mary Jo Manzanares
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Reply to  Kerry
November 8, 2013 7:15 am

Nope, not rejected at all. I had a ton of them come in while I was on a plane and without wifi, and I’m just going through them this morning.

The Travel Fool
The Travel Fool
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November 6, 2013 1:46 pm

One of my more favorite articles was also very humbling.
http://www.thetravellingfool.com/manila-american-cemetery-and-memorial/

Jessica
Jessica
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Reply to  The Travel Fool
November 13, 2013 8:06 am

Thanks for the link! Did you add it via the button above, too? Underneath all the thumbnails, you’ll see a blue button that says “Add Your Link” – that’s how to add posts to this round-up. We can’t do it from the comments. 🙂

Paul (@luxury__travel)
Paul (@luxury__travel)
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November 6, 2013 1:54 pm

I’ve submitted one but it hasn’t appeared… are the submissions approved by hand / moderated first?

Mary Jo Manzanares
Mary Jo Manzanares
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Reply to  Paul (@luxury__travel)
November 8, 2013 7:14 am

I have to moderate the submissions by hand and about 100 of them came in while I was on an airplane (without wifi). I’m getting to them as quickly as I can.

Juliann
Juliann
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November 7, 2013 10:48 am

I love this idea! As soon as I land from this 27-hour flight, I’ll figure out which post to link.

Thanks for sponsoring this and keeping the sense of community going. This will be fun. 🙂

Eileen
Eileen
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November 8, 2013 10:28 am

My entire morning was shot getting lost in as many of these posts as possible, woops – amazing job from everyone.

Elana
Elana
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November 10, 2013 9:32 am

I love this idea and have read some really great post. I hope that mine makes the cut.

Christina
Christina
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November 11, 2013 7:53 pm

Great idea! Thanks for encouraging the community to share and interact. I also love challenges and topic prompts. 🙂

PS: I read your instructions and still managed to not enter the post title in the “name” section. Sorry!

Victoria
Victoria
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November 20, 2013 12:05 pm

What a lovely idea especially for new bloggers like myself. This is so encouraging. I look forward to reading as many as I can!

Cam @ Traveling Canucks
Cam @ Traveling Canucks
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November 27, 2013 12:51 pm

Hi Mary Jo!

Here is our submission for December’s theme: http://travelingcanucks.com/2012/11/canadas-favourite-christmas-markets/

Cheers!

Dalia
Dalia
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November 28, 2013 1:31 am

Nice. This is quite a lot of fun!

Natasja
Natasja
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November 29, 2013 5:25 am

What a great idea! Very cool to read so many travel articles! I’ve added one of my favorite travel posts as well.

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